Hi, I'm an artist and I've always wanted to do some gig posters. How can I get a gig for a gig poster? I don't know any local bands or anything like that. I have done a lot of illustrations and woodblock prints and I think these can be converted to gig posters easily.
I've spoken with 2 people who've made gig posters. One guy was from London and just started out young and grew his notoriety by word of mouth (this is not an option for me because I'm nearly 30 and don't know any bands). The other guy I spoke with said to join the American Poster Institute and you can bid on jobs through there. Does anyone know if that is true? It costs $40 to join, but I don't see any information on the site regarding bidding on jobs.
At this point I don't care about money, I just want some freelance work to do and I want to do a gig poster.
Also, I realize that whomever wants the poster is going to want to see a portfolio. When starting out, would it be lame to do some fake gig posters just to showcase my skills?
Please help, and thank you.